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For A Good Time, Call The KGB…

kgb…the GRU, NKVD, MVD, Stasi, MSS – or the FSB (the current incarnation of Russian intelligence apparat)

It seems Borepatch has determined the FSB is using their own version of Google, and is quite happy with their algorithms.  Welcome to YANDEX.   He says:

1. Russia has a bunch of excellent computer scientists, and Yandex seems to have picked up a bunch of them.  The Russians always excelled at algorithms (I’d go so far as to say that their mathematics training beats ours handily), and search is a game of algorithms.  I’m told that the Russian language is more difficult for computers to deal with than English (it is an inflected language, unlike ours), and so the Yandex algorithms originally developed for Russian really shine when aimed at English sites.

2. It gives me very good results – for most things I’ve been looking for, better than Google.  Google’s blogsearch has become a joke, which is perhaps a testament to Google’s internal lack of focus.  I find that bloggy related searches are much more productive on Yandex.~

~And now we come to what brought me to Yandex in the first place: Google is evil.  We all know it.  Furthermore, Google seems to be playing footsie with the US Government Intelligence Agencies:

One privacy advantage Yandex has which Google never will: Yandex does not do business with American intelligence agencies.  I do not like the fact that Google has become an arm of US intelligence agencies. It is to their credit that Google discloses their relationship with the US government (most of Silicon Valley is in bed with the spooks, but they don’t talk about  it). It is the surveillance  state that I abhor. Yandex may very well be doing the same thing with the Russian government, but the FSB is a much smaller threat to American civil rights than our own spooks. While I see no imminent dangers from the all-seeing eye, and I am far from paranoid, the US is going through a weird time right now, and history is a dark and bloody subject. Do I really want the future government  to know what websearches I was doing in 2010? No, thanks,  tovarich.

Paranoia?  I don’t think so.  And, just for S & Gs, I ran Guffaw in AZ on Yandex.

20 returns on the first page – only one in Russian.  Only one about guffawing, and not the blog.  Seems focused, as Borepatch intones.

I’m thinking of using this occasionally (instead of BING), just to annoy the three-letter folks in bed with Google. Otherwise, what good is a “uncensored” Internet?

Hell, I’m already on ‘the list.’


About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


8 thoughts on “For A Good Time, Call The KGB…

  1. So my friend and I decided to write a bot that searches every entry in the encyclopedia 24/7. So yeah, having them try to differentiate between my searches for cat videos and liberty would be priceless.

    Posted by siddharthaipriest | April 13, 2013, 8:12 am
  2. LOL, yeah just adding yourself to one ‘more’ list… 🙂

    Posted by Old NFO | April 13, 2013, 9:44 am
  3. I think we’re all on somebodies list(s).
    I have a CCW, hunting license, read gun blogs, belong to a couple of gun forums, read several freedom loving blogs like this one and have filled out numerous 4473s.

    According to DiFi and Big Sis, I should consider myself lucky I’m not already in a FEMA camp.

    Posted by KM | April 13, 2013, 10:20 am
  4. A friend of mine said, “Lists? So what? Get on all of them! Let’s give ’em so many entries that the lists become too cumbersome to monitor. With enough people on enough lists, the system becomes useless.”

    Posted by Rev. Paul | April 13, 2013, 5:18 pm

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